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Viasat’s Linkstar Launch

Date 2006-03-10 : LinkStar VSATs Selected by Gulfsat Communications for Enterprise Network Services.

Duluth, GA ViaSat is supplying a LinkStar broadband network to Gulfsat Communications Company, a subsidiary of United Networks, for shared hub network services in Kuwait. Gulfsat is planning to target its networking and Internet services to banks, oil operations, government offices, and businesses in remote areas without terrestrial connections. Using the Eutelsat SESAT-2 satellite, the services will cover the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. ViaSat’s LinkStar is a hub-based star networking system that features DiffServ QOS and multi-label protocol switching to enable many customers to share a single VSAT hub, while keeping their data separate and secure from other users. The features provide enterprise-level services such as virtual private networks, distance education, media streaming, multicasting, videoconferencing, and large file transfer. Dynamic bandwidth allocation increases or decreases data rates on-the-fly to adjust to each customer and use the available satellite bandwidth in the most efficient way.

We feel the advanced technology in LinkStar VSATs really increases our competitive advantage over other satellite network services, said Mustafa Murad, network planning manager for United Networks. The system enables us to offer a higher quality of service to our customers and do it more efficiently as well.

The LinkStar system can operate according to the DVB-RCS international standard or in a proprietary ViaSat configuration. ViaSat also recently announced the new LinkStarS2 system, that incorporates the DVB-S2 waveform offering up to 30% greater bandwidth efficiency ,substantially reducing network operating costs.

About Gulfsat ( Established in 1995 in partnership with the Ministry of Communications, Kuwait, Gulfsat Communications is a subsidiary of United Networks, Kuwait, the region’s leading provider of services in the communications and media sectors, offering convergent communications that optimize and support real-time delivery channels for voice, video and data. As one of the world leaders in satellite communications services, Gulfsat owns and operates one of the world’s major teleport facilities, located in Kuwait. Gulfsat brings cutting edge VSAT technology to the Middle East by adapting the technologies to customer needs, providing cost-effective, advanced communications to the region with the ability to grow to meet the needs of the future.

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